Biggest Takeaways from Newly Updated ESPN 300 Recruiting Rankings

Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIIJuly 30, 2013

Via 247Sports
Via 247Sports

ESPN RecruitingNation has updated the 2014 ESPN 300, and there are certainly some notable talking points that we, the college football recruiting universe, can take away from the release.

Led by Senior National Recruiting Analyst Tom Luginbill, who released a report on the rankings, the folks over at ESPN RecruitingNation have scouted and re-analyzed the 300 high school recruits that are sure to play a huge role in the future of college football.

Some recruits rose up the rankings, and consequentially, others fell.

Either way, here are my notes:


  • Cameron Robinson has No. 1 overall potential

Cameron Robinson, 5-star offensive tackle, is the No. 3 player, according to the new release. Robinson was previously ranked No. 7 by ESPN, so this was a pretty sizable move for the big offensive tackle.

Remember, the latest 247Sports rankings have him as the top player in the class, so a trend is quite obviously developing. 247Sports thinks he's a top guy, and Luginbill's report stated that ESPN believes he could contend for No. 1 spot with them as well.

At 6'5'', 330 pounds, Robinson has elite size. He also has quick feet and great balance. For a lineman, that's a superstar combination.


  • Alabama commit J.C. Hassenauer receives much deserved props

J.C. Hassenauer made a big splash at The Opening, and he was rewarded by ESPN. He was the top offensive lineman at the camp, despite only being a 3-star recruit at the time. The new ESPN 300 now considers Hassenauer a 4-star recruit. He previously wasn't ranked.

What did ESPN see in the Alabama commit? Check out this Vine from Derek Tyson of ESPN during The Opening:


  • Malachi Dupre is the nation's top wideout (per ESPN)

Malachi Dupre, 4-star receiver, took a huge step up in the receiver individual rankings. According to ESPN, Durpre is now the nation's No. 1 receiver recruit, passing up Ermon Lane.

To put that in perspective, Lane is the No. 1 wideout, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings, so that's a big statement by ESPN.

Dupre is 6'3'', 187 pounds, which is great size for a wide receiver, and he runs a 4.58 40, per ESPN.

He's an elite athlete who can break the deep cushion and make a play on the ball. He has good hands, concentration and leaping ability. 


  • Two Notable QB risers

Texas A&M commitment Kyle Allen moved up 25 spots in ESPN's rankings, from No. 99 to No. 74. Allen is a 5-star and the top pro-style quarterback, according to 247Sports, so it's good to see him being recognized by ESPN. 

Miami quarterback commitment Brad Kaaya was another big riser, moving from No. 252 to No. 171. 

Both quarterbacks have shown poise and accuracy throughout the course of the summer, and both have the potential to be great at the college level. ESPN may have these two quarterbacks, in particular, ranked too low. 


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